I woke up the other day with more and more people talking about a certain sudden fad – waist training. I found some excitement amidst me being astounded. It was a welcomed development, not the waist trainer itself, but the realization of the need for a slimmer waist. The reason I was particularly happy was because I knew that somehow, it meant more people would stumble at a better way of attaining their goals. We had to start from somewhere, right?
I remembered when my friend said that Nigerian ladies had nicer butts than all the Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea and Kim Kardashian of this world – except that they usually have big tummies which swallow up their otherwise great figures. I know I am not blessed with the fuller figure, I concentrate on accentuating my athletic body, but every time I see a beautiful full figure, I always wished there’d be no fats around the abdominal region, alas, most of the time, they only remain as wishes.
There has been a sudden craze lately with more ladies desiring a rather sculpted body which I quite appreciate. Call it a dream come true for me, but I am very particular about more people being intentional about healthy living. The reason is because while people are concentrating on modifying their appearances, there will be accompanying health consequences. We can only hope that everyone does it right, so the consequences will be positive ones.
Whenever you see someone with a big tummy, the explanation for this is fat present around the abdominal region which is clinically described as abdominal/visceral obesity. Obesity is a major risk factor for so many health conditions; from atherosclerosis, to diabetes mellitus type 2, to cancers (to mention but a few), obesity is found at the roots of these health conditions. Abdominal obesity is the more dangerous form of obesity.
I am more than pleased that more people are now conscious of the fats around their abdominal region, as opposed to when people would not worry about this at all. The only drawback is the rather drastic measures that are being promoted as the remedies for actualizing this “slimmer waist” craze. A prominent one is the waist trainer. The reason why this is not particularly healthy is because of the dangers that this can pose to the individual. Prolonged use of the waist trainers can cause damages to the visceral organs as well as the musculoskeletal system. If you have ever tried this waist trainer, you will notice that it pulls your tummy in tightly, which produces internal pressure and discomfort. You also realise that as it pushes tightly on your visceral organs, you start finding it difficult to breathe. Whenever I think about how uncomfortable trying to trigger this sort of internal pressure repeatedly could be, I am indeed worried about how hazardous to health this is.
Another worry is that, it is supposed to give rise to a physical distortion over time. This mechanism of pulling these tissues in tightly can lead to weak muscles and other structural deformities. The muscles around your abdomen are supposed to be strong, because they aid in the stability of your core. Deliberately triggering a weakness to these muscles can lead to problems of balance, posture and stability. I am not sure how beneficial it is to target these muscles whereas the culprit that should be targeted should be the adipose tissues. Fats around your abdomen cause the protrusions that manifest as pot bellies and love handles.
The reason why you have fats around your tummy is because you have stored up fats in your body. Fats are gained through the ingestion of food. A common mistake people make is not choosing their foods and meals properly. To carefully get rid of the fat around your tummy, you should try a healthy lifestyle. Eating foods that are high in cholesterol should be avoided. Exercising is also important. Aerobic exercises will particularly help to get rid of the excess fats in the body.
I remember one time when I was preparing for my exams and would grab anything I could lay my hands on because I did not have the time to source for healthier options. I was also studying till late, and that made me not care so much about when I was able to eat. I would eat in the middle of the night, and hit the bed the next minute. I still used to try to get my crunches in in the morning, because that is how I truly feel alive. What I noticed was that I had a strong a layer of muscle over what felt like a large mass of fat underneath. That brings me to the issue about people that concentrate on crunches to help them rid their tummy fat. Resistance training is great to build strong muscles, but the best remedy for ridding your body of fats is the aerobic exercises. When you have fat around your tummy, it is best to think about an overall healthy lifestyle; choose your foods wisely, plan your meals and exercise consistently. Your exercises should consist of both aerobic exercises that can help you get rid of the fat, and resistance training that can help you tone the muscles. This overall lifestyle modification will leave you healthier than ever, while attaining your desired looks.
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